Lease Corp. International (“LCI”) delivered a third new Leonardo Helicopters AW169 configured for EMS operations to Italy’s Elitaliana. The helicopter enters service with Elitaliana on a long-term operating lease from LCI and joins two other AW169s delivered by LCI in 2016 and 2017, operating from Elitaliana’s EMS bases in Rome and the Lazio region.
Founded in 1964, Elitaliana is Italy’s oldest helicopter company and operates missions that include EMS, offshore helicopter transport, environmental monitoring, forest firefighting, and search and rescue.
“This delivery to Elitaliana expands LCI’s presence in the Italian EMS market and reinforces our long-held strategy of developing a balanced and diverse portfolio, with the majority of our lease portfolio being concentrated on time-critical markets,” said LCI CEO Crispin Maunder. LCI’s fleet, which comprises approximately $750 million of assets in service and on order, is focused on the latest technology medium and super-medium helicopters from OEMs such as Leonardo, Airbus Helicopters, and Sikorsky.